Will sweet woodruff grow in a sunny garden?
This plant is best grown in a shady location. This article has more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/woodruff/growing-sweet-woodruff.htm
How to care for sweet woodruff throughout the summer? Do I need to cut it back after spring flowering? It is now thriving and flowering beautifully.
Yes, you can. Actually, shearing it back a little in the summer can spur a new flush of growth and possibly a second bloom.
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I have a plot that is approximately 270 square feet and I want to plant sweet woodruff. The plants I have access to are in 4 1/2 inch pots now. How many plants will I need for a good ground cover of the area?
The number of plants per sq.ft is normally determined by the spacing between plants. On average, sweet woodruff plants are spaced between 9 and 12 inches apart. Here is more information: http://www.penderpines.com/plant-care/flower-beds/
How long does it take for sweet woodruff seeds that have been planted directly into the ground in spring to germinate, assuming that is the right word?
These seeds germinate best following a cold period. In fact, sweet woodruff thrives in cooler areas. Normally those living in warmer climes start them indoors, placing the pots in the refrigerator for about two weeks to chill. In cooler areas, they will automatically receive this 'chill' period when directly sown outdoors. That said, in your region the seeds may not have gotten a suitable chilling beforehand, thus the germination process may take a bit longer than normal, which is usually anywhere from two to three weeks, and sometimes a little longer. Don't give up on it though - with a little patience the plant could still surprise you.
Why would my sweet woodruff be turning brown and dying is various spots? It has been in for 5 years and this is the first time this has happened.
It could have a fungus of some kind. Treat the plant with a fungicide, like neem oil, and see if this helps. Also, you may need to remove any dead growth to on and around the plant to prevent spreading.
I planted a healthy "gilium odoratum" sweet woodruff on April 24 and then basically haven't monitored it, unfortunately. I just noticed many of its leaves are browning and it's not a happy camper, looking a bit straggly too, although not dead yet! We've had some horrible heat waves but a lot of rain on some days. The light on it is, I think, light shade. Overhead tall trees, dappled, maybe a bit of direct sun in afternoon - I will notice this in next few days. Maybe the site was too light? I just gave it a good watering. Should I also cut it down by half? It is about 8" now. Thanks for suggestions for a novice gardener (besides not caring for my plants, I've learning my lesson), Linda
It could be a lack of water if the area consists of dry shade. In temps over 85 degrees F., most plants require additional watering to keep their roots cool. Without enough water, especially in high heat, your plant will suffer as yours seems to be. Additionally, anything newly planted requires more water as the roots become established.
If a lack of watering does not seem to be the issue (for instance, if you've had an abundance of rain), then it could have a fungus of some kind. Treat the plant with a fungicide, like neem oil, and see if this helps. Also, remove any dead growth to on and around the plant.
I would like to plant ground cover in my mostly shady front yard with sweet woodruff. Currently, there is a mixture of patchy grass and moss that resides there. The area is not very large (most of my land is in the backyard) and I would like to fill it in entirely with sweet woodruff. I was thinking of doing it from seed but I wanted to check with experts on the procedure to make this transition work. I would greatly appreciate any help that you can provide. Mike Ann Arbor, MI
I am a huge fan of Sweet Woodruff, I actually added it to my own garden last year in Zone 4.
Starting from seed is quite easy.
Here is a link about Sweet Woodruff that will be helpful.